Bellator MMA Announce TV Broadcast Deal with Virgin Media Television in Ireland

June 18, 2019

London, UK - Leading global mixed martial arts promotion Bellator MMA and Virgin Media Television, have today announced that they will broadcast Bellator London, which is part of the Bellator MMA European Fight Series, live from The SSE Arena, Wembley this Saturday, June 22nd.


MMA and sports fans in Ireland will be able to watch Bellator London live on Virgin Media Sport live between 10 p.m.-12 a.m.


Bellator London will be the first event to be broadcast under this agreement.


Headlining the event is a title fight between MMA legend and current Bellator middleweight champ Gegard Mousasi (45-6-2) and undefeated Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0), in what promises to be an unmissable night of MMA action.


Bellator London is the third installment of the Bellator MMA European Fight Series, which has seen the global MMA promotion already host live events in Newcastle and Birmingham, with plans to host a further three events in the UK and Ireland before the end of 2019.


Kieran Holden, Head of Sport at Virgin Media Television, said, "We are excited to enter into partnership with Bellator MMA to bring live coverage of  Bellator London."


Interest in Bellator MMA in Ireland continues to grow at a rapid pace, in particular off the back of the successful Bellator Dublin: Gallagher vs Graham event, which took place in front of a sell-out crowd at the 3Arena in February of this year. Coupled with the emergence of Irish superstar and Bellator bantamweight James Gallagher, who has grown to become one of the biggest names in the sport and a host of other exciting Irish athletes who are currently signed to Bellator, the MMA scene in Ireland is thriving once again.


Head of Bellator Europe David Green said: "We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with Virgin Media Television to bring the upcoming Bellator London event to fight fans in Ireland on such a trusted and reliable platform.


"With such an exciting group of Irish fighters on the Bellator roster at moment, many of which are competing on the card in London, it was only right that we gave our Irish MMA fans the opportunity to watch the event live."


He added: "Bellator London is arguably one of the most exciting and most anticipated MMA events ever to be held in the UK. It promises to be an unmissable, and highly charged night of action with exciting fights from start to finish. I'm delighted that the Irish fans will be able to enjoy the action with us on fight night live from the comfort of their own living rooms."


The agreement will see Virgin Media Television have the rights to broadcast future Bellator MMA European Fight Series events in Ireland, with further details expected to be announced in due course.


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About Bellator:

Bellator is a leading global mixed martial arts and kickboxing organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator events take place in major cities worldwide and can be seen on television in over 160 countries to an available audience of over one billion people. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on both Paramount Network and DAZN, the world's first truly dedicated LIVE sports streaming service. Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

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